Continuing to read Fr. Thomas Dubay’s Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer. Pages
The second main root of conflict is seldom even noticed in our day. It is called illuminism. – emphasis mine
I like to call this form of the aberration the privileged-pipeline-to-God idea.
It is clear that disagreements with an illuminist spouse, relative, friend, fellow worker or parishioner will go nowhere until humility enters the picture — and that requires conversion.
The final root of suffering in communal life is a lack of what the New Testament calls having “one mind”, or as we now term it, a shared vision about the main issues of life: God, religion, why we exist at all, the principles of morality, the nature of one’s state in life and its obligations, a balanced use of money, chastity, raising of children, what real love is and is not.
Saints do not fight at all (in this sense). Once again the New Testament therapy alone works adequately. The conflicts of which we are speaking in this chapter are fully healed or case only when deepening conversion happens.
The gospel picture of beautiful human community is not only largely absent from secular thinking, it is not nearly as prominent in our popular Christian milieu as it ought to be.
Some thoughts to take away from all this:
Humility is key in any relationship.
- I don’t have all the answers.
- I readily admit to the fact that I could be wrong about this.
- I am open to your ideas and new possibilities.
- Just as I seek to be understood, I also seek to understand.
- I try to see things from your perspective.
- I try to put myself in your shoes.
Shared vision is essential.
- We can work on this together.
- If we can’t agree about this now, let’s set it aside and talk about it again tomorrow.
- Where do we see this issue, and ourselves, 5, 10, 15 years from now? How do we get there together?
- What is our ultimate goal here? Let’s not lose sight of that.
- Your ideas and my ideas, put together, can be beautiful, cohesive, exciting.
- Shared vision means we can come to an agreement that works for both of us. And that means we come out of this stronger, wiser, closer. Shared wisdom is also a good thing.
- The world has enough strife. Let’s not allow it to conquer us here. Home is our haven from all that.